Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: The Testing

Title The Testing

Series The Testing, book 1

Author Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date June 4, 2013

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

If you've read any other reviews about The Testing, you've probably already heard the comparison between it and The Hunger Games trilogy. It was one of the very first things I heard about it. "If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll like The Testing." Well, I like The Hunger Games, but I didn't think it was fair to try to compare this book to it. It's bound to happen, though. There's so many similarities that it would be hard not to compare the two. While there are similarities between the two, there are enough differences between the two that it doesn't seem like you are reading the same story over again with different names and whatnot. I'll say I agree with the statement, though. If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, there's a very good chance you'll enjoy The Testing. I know I did.

I felt like the first few chapters moved a bit slowly. Since they are building up some of the background to the good stuff, I don't feel like it really brings the story down. Once the story picks up, a few chapters in, it doesn't stop. When the story picked up for me, the book was really hard to put down. It sucked me in and didn't let me go, even when the book ended (mostly because the story isn't over). I'm really looking forward to reading the next book and finding out more about The Testing.


5 out of 5 stars

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.*

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